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Marijuana Studies

Study: History Of Marijuana Use Associated With Lower Risk Of Liver Disease

Subjects with a history of cannabis use are less likely than abstainers to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to longitudinal data published in the journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry. A team of Spanish investigators assessed the relationship between cannabis use and liver steatosis over a three-year period. They determined [read more]

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Study: Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations Associated With Self-Reported Declines In Youth Use

The enactment of laws regulating the use of cannabis by adults is associated with short-term declines in self-reported marijuana use by young people, according to findings published today in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. “Ensuring the safety of our kids is always a top priority,” said NORML State Policies Coordinator Carly Wolf. “And the best way to do [read more]

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Metered Dosing Of Herbal Cannabis Effective In Hospitalized Patients Per Clinical Trial

Hospitalized patients administered cannabis via a metered dose inhaler report symptom relief and no severe adverse effects, according to clinical data published in the journal Palliative & Supportive Care. Israeli investigators assessed the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of metered dose cannabis inhalation in a group of hospitalized patients. The device allowed for patients [read more]

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Cannabis Protects Against Diabetes Among Those Overweight According To Study

A history of cannabis use is associated with lower fasting insulin levels in obese subjects, according to data published in The Journal of Diabetes. Canadian researchers assessed the relationship between cannabis consumption and fasting insulin levels and insulin resistance in a nationally representative sample of over 129,000 adults. They reported that both current and [read more]

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Pain Patients Use Fewer Opioids Following Initiation of Medical Cannabis Per Study

Chronic pain patients typically decrease their daily intake of opioids following their enrollment in a state-sanctioned medical cannabis access program, according to data published in the journal Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Investigators from HealthEast Care Systems, a non-profit health care provider, assessed the use of opioids and benzodiazepines in 77 intractable pain patients newly [read more]

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Hospice Professionals Overwhelmingly Support Medical Cannabis Access Per Study

Health professional overwhelmingly support the use of medical cannabis among patients in hospice care, according to data published in The Journal of Palliative Medicine. Investigators from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy surveyed a nationally representative sample of 310 hospice professionals (primarily nurses) from 40 states. Ninety-one percent of respondents endorsed the use [read more]

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Review: Mouth Swab Saliva Tests Not Sufficiently Accurate For Cannabis Detection

Roadside oral fluid detection devices are ineffective at accurately identifying past cannabis exposure, according to a literature review published in the journal Public Health. Canadian investigators performed a systematic review of published studies evaluating the performance of on-site oral fluid detection technologies. They reported that available devices do not meet acceptable standards of [read more]